February 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm #238733
I didn’t see a thread for this. Is anyone going to give this one a try? It looks kinda bad, but I can’t help but be curious, so I will be watching at least tonight. I do like Bruce Greenwood.February 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm #238735
I’m definitely going to tune in for this! I’m not worried about the pilot’s quality, so much as the overall plot’s sustainability. It can end up getting stretched out too far too quickly. Or, it could turn out to be ABC’s best new drama (which “Revenge” currently is).February 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm #238736
Okay … So, it was exactly what I thought it would be, problems and all. The good news is, ABC was smart enough to shorten the season down to 8 episodes, including the two hours that aired tonight. If all else fails, and the show does not get picked up for a second season, it will stand as a mini-series that might be worth revisiting years down the line.
So, the premise: Emmet Cole, a Steve Irwin-type, has had a 22-year-old television program
in which he explores and discovers “the magic” of the Amazon
environment. During one expedition, though, he and his crew go missing.
After a six month search, he is presumed dead. And then his beacon goes
off. In true reality-television fashion, a producer named Clark Quietly
latches onto this, and decides to film Emmet’s wife Tess and son Lincoln
as they follow the Amazon River in search of the family’s celebrity
The first episode, “Magus,” was loaded down with everything you can expect from a less-than-stellar pilot episode: expositional dialogue, underdeveloped characters and someone you can label as a villain before the show ever tells you. As far as characters go, they are as flat as they come. There’s the black guy, the producer, the gunman (every crew has to have
one), the Jew, the mom, the son, the engineer, the native-tongued
daughter, and the son’s obvious love interest. It is not that I don’t remember
the characters’ names; the show simply doesn’t make me care enough
about them early on. The best parts of this episode involved the discovered tapes of Emmet’s “last days,” recorded footage that gives us a glimpse into a paranoid side of Emmet that even his family is unfamiliar with. Like discovering Laura Palmer’s dark habits in Twins Peaks, watching Emmet Cole slowly lose his frame of reference was oddly chilling. In fact, I care more about him as a character than I do any of the search party. The more dimensions they give him, the more the others pale in comparison. Also paling in comparison during this episode is the creature, that ‘thing’ that has been featured in all of the promos. Not only is that issue resolved far too easily and far too quickly, but once you discover the origin story behind the monster, you’ll probably roll your eyes like I did. The editing, I have to say, was pretty great. I’m not usually not a fan of the “found footage” storytelling angle. But in one scene, the producer (who is on camera) spies on the gunman using the ship’s camera system, the idea that we are being voyeuristic towards a voyeur is weirdly fascinating. B-
The second episode, “Marbeley,” makes me think that this show might last a little longer that I previously predicted. Side adventures always have a way of stretching out the plot and prolonging the inevitable. Without saying too much, this installment centers around possession, restless ghost girls, and creepy dolls. No, the characters’ tromp through the woods does not advance the Find Emmet storyline in the least, nor does the encounter with said creepy ghost (which the blonde love interest remembers a legend about at the most convenient point in time possible). But the episode does a pretty good job of exploiting its audience’s possible fear of dolls to the fullest extent, and a flashback to Lincoln and Love Interest as children peaked my interest enough to make me tune in next week. One just has to wonder …. if you find a couple of trees full of weird plastic toys, why would you then camp directly underneath them? C+February 8, 2012 at 4:41 am #238737
I don’t know if I just wasn’t in the mood for the style last night, but I thought it was pretty bad. I like the idea, but so far I don’t like the execution, at all. I wish it were more mysterious and less screaming and yelling so early on in the storyline. (I know they have to grab viewers, but for me, this isn’t working). And the son is way too annoying. I’ll give it another week or two.February 8, 2012 at 9:13 am #238738
I tried. I was going to record the entire series, but about halfway through the pilot, I gave up, and deleted it. That’s it for me.February 9, 2012 at 12:24 am #238739
Yeah, I found one review that put it best, claiming that the show is “very, very silly.” That basically sums it up. The first season is only eight episodes long, so I will finish it. But there are so many opportunities for character development, and they keep getting passed over in favor of cheap thrills. I want to be surprised by this show, but I worry that its legend-of-the-week format might grow tiresome, even for such a short season order.February 22, 2012 at 10:53 am #238740
So, for the past 2 weeks, I’ve put the show on, but found myself not really watching (getting a snack, reading mail, surfing the web- anything but paying attention to the show). I think I’ve officially given up. Strangely, Entertainment Weekly continues to do recaps, and at least the recapper is getting more and more enthusiastic each week. From what little I’ve watched, I find the characters to be totally unlikeable, and the near constant screeching either from an argument or the fright-of-the-week to be unlistenable. Oh well, I tried.
Why Entertainment Weekly will recap this show, and not Justified, is beyond me.February 22, 2012 at 11:44 am #238741
I liked episode #3 best so far.. The Father / Husband is far and away the most interesting character. The second episode dragged for me and I didn’t find it scary (sort of silly, actually).February 29, 2012 at 11:02 am #238742
Anyone still watching?March 1, 2012 at 4:41 am #238743
I did forget to watch last night. Was it any good? I dunno, for some reason I just never connected with it.March 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm #238744
just caught up with this show and its been really entertaining….i wish katie featherston could have been around longerMarch 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm #238745
I was not digging the weekly procedural vibe to this show, but I must admit it is an entertaining show with a certain creepiness. I don’t love it but will continue to watch. It is a bit scatterbrained in its scares though, for some reason the writers feel the need to give us something new each week, rather than picking a few of the scariest components and flesh them out. Unfortunately, with its poor ratings, I think this is all we are getting..March 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm #238746
I have not been watching this show, but I have been reading reviews and spoilers, and it sounds like they have just found Emmet Cole being kept alive by magic dragonflies. Okay, great. But let’s hope that they end the season in a way that, if they are not renewed, will bring the 8-episode journey to a satisfying conclusion… for the sake of the show’s viewers, anyway.March 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm #238747
it was a decent finale i enjoyed this show it brought something different to tv, and while they did kill off my favorite character i think it wont matter because it probably wont be renewed but if it is then i will definitely tune in to the next season.